The special snowflake principle is the same principle of hope and dream that causes people to start restaurants and other small businesses, or to play the lottery. On the average it’s a gift from hopeful people to shrewd people, and it is one of the driving forces of American life.

On the other side, this hopeful principle is counterbalanced by the complacent normalization principle, which says that it’s reasonable to plan on the basis of the average outcome and to ignore the outliers and long tails. The normalization principle is the ruling principle of our triumphant Democratic Party.

When entrepreneurs and high-stakes gamblers guess right on an exception, they can change the game permanently.

“Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.”

“I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”

“Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold them”